(ReliableNews.org) – On Monday, December 6, President Biden spoke with key European leaders to coordinate his message when speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. According to a White House readout of the call, the leaders agreed to call on Putin to de-escalate tensions at the Ukrainian border. On the flip side, Putin administration officials spent Monday slamming Biden.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters the current state of bilateral relations between Russia and the US “remains in quite a lamentable state.” He attributed the tension to three factors: NATO advancement toward Russian borders, heightened tension surrounding Ukraine, and Putin’s demand for “security guarantees.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 6, 2021
Additionally, there are several other points of contention between Moscow and Washington. For example, tension reportedly remains high over accusations that Russian ally Belarus weaponized migrants to flood Poland in retaliation for European-led sanctions. Similarly, the US and Russia remain at odds regarding the current affairs in Iran and Syria.
Other tensions include concerns regarding cyberattacks directed at the US from within Russia’s borders, the continued imprisonment of two former US Marines, arms control, the current energy crunch and the ongoing dispute regarding embassy personnel.
Peskov said he expects Putin and Biden to discuss another US-Russia summit to review agreements reached during their June summit in Geneva and discuss the next steps in US-Russian relations.
We will keep you posted as events unfold.
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